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Anonymous Noise: Volume 3 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31

Publisher(s): Viz Media
Writer(s): Ryoko Fukuyama Casey Loe
Artist(s): Ryoko Fukuyama
Letterer(s): Joanna Estep
ISBN: 978-1-4215-9422-4
Rating: T (Teen)

Anonymous Noise Volume 3 cover image

Rated “T” for “Teen”

When her parents fought, Nino Arisugawa found comfort in singing with Momo Sakaki, a boy who was her next door neighbor.  Then, Momo suddenly moved away.  Nino soon found comfort in a young songwriter, Kanade “Yuzu” Yuzuriha, who called Nino “Alice.”  He told her that she should sing instead of scream, but he also moved away.  Now, Nino is in high school and is confronted by reunions.

As Anonymous Noise, Vol. 3 (Chapters 11 to 16) opens, Nino makes her TV debut as “Alice,” the lead singer of the up and coming pop idol band, In No Hurry to Shout (a.k.a. In No Hurry).  Her unconventional performance, however, leaves a lot of people shocked.  Meanwhile, a friend of Momo's gives Nino a gift.  Yuzu struggles with how to tell Nino/”Alice” how he feels about her, and it is time for another reunion.

THE LOWDOWN:  The Anonymous Noise manga delves deeper into the world of pop idol recording artists and musical acts just about with each chapter.  However, the complicated romances are this manga's real soundtrack.

Anonymous Noise Volume 3 expands the possible configurations of the love triangle.  Creator Ryoko Fukuyama amps up the teen angst as her characters struggle with what they want to say to other characters.  The dramatic tension has a solid foundation in what is said and what is unsaid.  Anonymous Noise makes a joyful noise and plays at high drama, and it is an especially good shojo teen soap opera.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Shojo Beat high school romantic dramas will want to jam to Anonymous Noise.

9 out of 10

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